Happiness

Find out everything there is to know about happiness and stay updated on the latest news with comprehensive articles, interactive features and pictures related to happiness at LiveScience.com. Learn more about these exhilarating emotion as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about happiness.
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This Country Is the Happiest in the World, United Nations Finds
Adorable children drinking hot chocolate outdoors, spending good time on vacation in alpine mountains
April 24th, 2015
The happiest country in the world isn't in the tropics, and rather than sunshine and beautiful beaches it is known for snowy peaks and delicious chocolate.
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Happiest US Metro Areas Revealed
Sarasota, Florida
April 8th, 2015
If you're looking to move to a happy place, you might want to check out the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, area: The region reported the highest well-being out of the 100 most populous communities in the country, according to a new poll.
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Hit the Sack! People Who Get a Good Night's Sleep Are Happier
A young woman sleeping.
March 2nd, 2015
People's happiness appears to be closely linked with how much sleep they get.
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The World's Happiest Countries (The List)
a woman smiling outdoors.
April 24th, 2015
Every year, the United Nations releases their world happiness report, with this year's index revealing changes in well-being for 158 countries. Here's a look at a list of the happiest and saddest countries.
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The Happiest Countries in The World
a woman smiling outdoors.
March 20th, 2015
Paraguay is the happiest country in the world, according to a 2014 Gallup poll of people in 143 countries.
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Is There a Happiness Gene?
July 18th, 2014
A new study found that the greater a nation’s genetic distance is from Denmark, the lower its reported wellbeing is.
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The 10 Happiest Countries Are All in Latin America
happy family jumping together
March 20th, 2015
For the first time in a decade, the top 10 happiest countries in the world are all in Latin America, according to the 2014 Gallup Positive Experience Index.
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Why Smiling Too Much May Be Bad for You
a woman smiling outdoors.
August 6th, 2014
Sometimes a smile could backfire and make a person feel worse, suggests a new study showing that people who grin a lot even though they are feeling down may see a dip in well-being.
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